Chandigarh, February 12 –Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal today announced to revise the honorarium being given to Members, Vice-Chairmen and Chairmen of Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads.
The Chief Minister was speaking at the State Level oath taking ceremony of newly elected Members of Zila Parishads and Panchayat Samitis, in Karnal.
He said that honorarium of Member Panchayat Samiti has been increased from Rs 1250 to Rs 1600 per month. Similarly, the honorarium of Vice-Chairman, Panchayat Samiti has been increased from Rs 2500 to Rs 3500 and that of Chairman from Rs 6000 to Rs 7500. He said that the honorarium being given to Member Zila Parishad has been increased from Rs 2500 to Rs 3000 per month, that of Vice-Chairman from Rs 6000 to Rs 7500 and of Chairman from Rs 7500 to Rs 10,000 per month.
He said that elections to PRIs concluded peacefully in the State and many candidates had contested election for the first time. He said that this time, 56 per cent candidates were elected unanimously.
The Chief Minister said that even he himself had contested elections for the first time and won. He said that today he and the newly elected representatives were all standing at the same platform. Those who get elected for the first time have to face many difficulties, therefore, they all should gear up to face the challenges. He assured that the State Government would play its role in development of the State and urged them to play their role with dedication. He said that so far the State Government has been working with the slogan of ‘Haryana Ek-Haryanvi Ek’ for the all round development of the State and urged the newly elected representatives to work under slogan of ‘Gaon Ek-Gaonwasi Ek’.
He said that as per the State Government’s announcement, a sum of Rs 210 crore would be given away to the unanimously elected panchayats.
The Chief Minister said that if the Central Government passes any Bill regarding putting such condition of educational qualification for contesting Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections, Haryana would support it. He said that the Supreme Court had also upheld the condition of educational qualification and other conditions for contesting elections to PRIs which has helped in bringing candidates with clean image for contesting elections. This step has not only been appreciated in the country, but in other countries also, he added.
Talking about his recent tour to Japan and China, the Chief Minister said that during his meeting in Beijing, discussions were held about the steps taken by the Haryana Government to make educational qualification necessary for candidates contesting elections. He said that leaders of China had acknowledged the fact that India is the biggest democratic country and implementing such decision at grassroot level would definitely strengthen the democracy.
The Chief Minister administered oath to all Members of Zila Parishads and Panchayat Samitis and urged them to act as role models because whatever they will do, people would follow. He also urged them to make the State an ideal state so as to carve a niche for it in the entire world. He asked them to think of other sources of generating income apart from the government funds and make proper utilization of sources available with the panchayats. He said that Social Audit System would be implemented in villages by constituting a committee of five to 11 members to monitor the development works.
He also paid rich tributes to Sir Chotu Ram on his birth anniversary today and greeted the people on the occasion of Basant Panchmi.
Haryana Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu said that the newly elected representatives of PRIs have realized the dream of the present State Government. He said that this would help in taking Haryana to new heights of development. He said that we all would work together as Haryana Team with honesty and dedication to strengthen the democracy. He said that some leaders had filed case in the court against the condition of educational qualification introduced by the State Government, but Supreme Court had upheld the government’s decision and we all can see the result.
Development and Panchayats Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar said that after introducing the new law, there has been a great change in results of elections to PRIs as more than 10 per cent of women, candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes have been elected against the reserved seats. He said that this time, daughters of 333 villages have also been elected in the election which is a matter of great pride for the state. He said that this time the average age of elected representatives was between 34 and 36 years. He urged the newly elected representatives to publicize the crops insurance and life insurance schemes among masses.
On this occasion, Mr. Dhankar announced that the government would give the responsibility of setting up Gau Abhyaranyas to the Zila Parishads.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Bakhshish Singh Virk and Additional Chief Secretary, Development and Panchayats, Mrs. Navraj Sandhu also spoke on this occasion.
Those present on the occasion included Ministers of State, Mr. Bikram Singh Yadav, Mr. Karan Dev Kamboj, Mr. Krishan Kumar Bedi and Mr. Nayab Singh Saini and MLAs Mr. Harvinder Kalyan, Mr. Gian Chand Gupta, Mr. Pawan Saini, Mr. Jasbir Deswal, Political Adviser to Chief Minister, Mr. Jagdish Chopra and OSD to Chief Minister, Mr. Amarinder Singh, Political Secretary, Mr. Deepak Mangla and other dignitaries.